Avalonia·Topographies of Impact

Camila Chebez

Internship: Jennifer Tee, Giuseppe Licari
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How do close interactions trigger the recollection of a place’s memory? Along the mining region of the Ruhr in Germany, Camila Chebez encounters Avalonia:  an abandoned sandstone quarry that has turned into a popular climbing crag. Sharing its name with a micro-drifting continent from the Palaeozoic era, this site beckons for a closer look at its porous textures, which archive a deep history of impacting surfaces:  

continents clashing continents,  

machines extracting stones, 

bodies climbing rocks,  

rocks guiding movements. 

Building upon the haptic qualities of the embodied practice of rock climbing, this work is an invitation to (re)explore an Earth too often figured as mute and inert, a wasteland in waiting. By playing with surfaces as a point of contact and projections as a collective memory, "Avalonia Topographies of Impact" puzzles together a narrative where ruins can become playgrounds for more-than-human encounters.